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University Honors Courses 

University Honors students can complete their UH course enrollment one of two ways:

  1. Complete one UH course per year.

  2. Complete two UH courses in either the first (freshman) or second (sophomore) years. If a student chooses this option, they can combine the remaining two UH courses in any way that works; however, it is not an option to complete two courses a second time.

In summary, students must take at least one class freshman and sophomore year. Below is an outline that displays five UH course completion options:

Year in SchoolOption 1Option 2Option 3Option 4Option 5

Fall 2017 UH Courses

Intercultural Communication (COMM 3535 Section 550, #29869)
Dr. Ryan Goei
TuTh 6pm – 9:50pm  **this section is open to incoming UH freshmen only
Cultural Diversity in the US liberal education requirement (old Social Science Category 6 and also the International Perspectives requirement)

Intercultural Communication is an extremely popular and rewarding class opportunity for UH students. Intercultural Communication is a very unique class. There are no textbooks. It is an applied class in which students engage with each other, a culturally diverse group of classmates, to learn about individuals and their experience with culture and communication here in the US and around the world. The class is based on the notion that to understand people and culture one must start by getting to know the person. As such the class requirements are almost exclusively relational in nature. You will be engaging in and writing about out-of-class "dates" with classmates from other cultures and will be participating in several class activities and trips (including two all day Saturday trips September 3 & 10) to spend some time together building friendships. In the past these relationship-building class activities have included picnics, canoeing, swimming, camping, roller-skating, competitions, and dining out, amongst others. Students leave this class with an immensely personal understanding of humans and how culture affects their lives and views. They also often leave the class with lifelong friends, friends from various cultures both within the US and around the globe.

Intercultural Communication fulfills the Cultural Diversity in the United States requirement of UMD's Liberal Education Program requirements. It is a four-credit class that begins the first week of Fall semester, like all others, but lasts only six weeks instead of sixteen. The class is time intensive early but complete before midterm exams are scheduled for most other classes.

University Honors Global Issues (SW 1212, Sect 550, #29181)
Dr. Dennis Falk
T & R 2-3:15 pm
Social Science and Global Perspectives

This course focuses on global problems of war, peace, and national security; population, food, and hunger; environmental concerns and global resources; economic and social development; human rights. It examines issues from systems, problem-solving and futurist perspectives in honors seminar format.

University Honors Ethnobotany (ANTH 4633, Sect 550, #35755) 
Dr. David Syring 
M & W 2-3:50pm
(Fills Sustainability LE)
Ever reached for a bottle of aspirin when you have a headache? Ever thought about where that tomato (or potato or rice or…) that you are about to eat comes from? Ever drunk a cup of tea or coffee to boost your energy levels? Ever held a wooden oar, spoon, baseball bat or 2X4 in your hands? Ever used the petals of a flower to ask a question (“…loves me, … love me not…”)?

All of these actions demonstrate the roles that plants play in human culture. Human societies have always depended on plants as sources for food, medicines, material goods, symbolic understanding, and more. This course offers you the chance to study the fascinating interrelations between humans and plants, including material, symbolic, ritualistic and other aspects of human-plant interactions. The course combines cultural anthropology and botany to investigate the roles of plants as food, medicine, natural resources and/or gateways to culturally sanctioned religious experiences.

The World of Surfing (HON 3095, Sect 550, #28808)
Dr. Scott Laderman
T & Th 9 am - 10:50 am
(Fills Humanities and Global Perspectives LE)

Surfing is one of the world's most popular cultural phenomena. While the number of actual surfers is relatively small – probably between five and ten million people – the sport's reach has historically extended far beyond the limited community of wave riders, influencing everything from fashion and music to film, photography, tourism, and marketing. This class will explore how a pastime commonly associated with mindless pleasure has in fact been implicated in some of the major global developments of the last two-hundred years, such as empire-building and the "civilizing mission" in nineteenth- and early-twentieth-century Hawai'i, modernization and economic development in the so-called Third World, the growth of international tourism following the Second World War, political mass movements and the antiapartheid struggle, American foreign relations and Cold War cultural diplomacy, and the surf industry and corporate globalization. The course also has an experiential component; to develop an appreciation for the subject and for why millions of people have planned their lives around the sport, you will learn to surf. The course will thus combine classroom instruction with outdoor education.